For general questions about Film at Eastern, please contact:
Dr. Porter is Interim Dean of CALE. Please contact Dr. Porter’s CALE Assistant, Bekah Bray (509.359.2227) for assistance. Or, contact Annie Hudson, Theatre & Film Department Secretary (509.359.6390) or Sara Goff, Theatre & Film Department Chair (509.359.6671), with any questions about the EWU Theatre and Film Department.
Dr. Pete Porter teaches Film Criticism and Screenwriting. Before arriving at EWU in 2004, he earned a PhD from Wayne State University by writing a dissertation arguing that the ancient literary form Menippean satire, a travesty of The Odyssey, the work of Plato, and old comedy, has taken shape in movies from Duck Soup (1934) to The Big Lebowski (1998). You can get a good idea of this work by reading his chapter in Lebowski 101.
Dr. Porter’s recent work studies media representations of non-human animals from a cognitive-ethical perspective. He is the Film Review Editor for Society & Animals, an international journal of Human-Animal Studies. He has published in S & A, The Journal of Moving Image Studies, and the Michigan Academician. Dr. Porter serves as faculty advisor to the EWU Film Society. He has also served on the board of The Friends of Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge.
In 2015, Porter presented work at The International Water History Conference in Delft, Netherlands, the EWU Women and Gender Studies Center, the All Creatures Great and Small Conference (UC Davis) and at the University Film and Video Association.
He also serves as President of the Contemporary Arts Alliance, which oversees the Spokane International Film Festival.
Professor Sara Goff is EWU’s Theatre Program Director and Theatre & Film Department Chair. She previously taught Acting and Directing in the BFA program at The University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point. She was also an actor, director and company member of the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. Sara graduated from Western Illinois University with an MFA in Acting.
Dr. Drew Ayers teaches courses in film theory, film history, film criticism, narrative analysis and occasionally video games. Before arriving at EWU in 2015, Dr. Ayers received his BA in Classical Languages from Carleton College in 2003, his MA in Radio-TV-Film from the University of Texas-Austin in 2007 and his PhD in Communication (Moving Image Studies) from Georgia State University in 2012. Drew’s research interests are focused on cinema, visual culture, digital technology, visual effects, and nonhuman theory. His book, Spectacular Posthumanism: The Digital Vernacular of Visual Effects, is forthcoming from Bloomsbury Academic. His work has been published in animation, Configurations, Film Criticism, and various edited anthologies. Drew also serves as a board member and programmer for the Spokane International Film Festival and is currently Director of the EWU Film Program, Cheney, WA campus.
Chase Ogden teaches film production, film theory and film history. Holding an MFA in film production from Chapman University, Ogden has been a part of 100s of different film projects over the years. In 2006 he co-created a magazine style outdoor sporting show called “Outdoor Storytellers” and continued to serve as the show’s co-producer, cinematographer and editor until 2009. He has worked on dozens of commercials for major clients such as Microsoft, Cisco, General Electric, the FDA, the National Park Service and Mammoth Mountain. He has also had short films in over 50 festivals around the world.
Malcolm Pelles teaches Film Theory and Screenwriting at EWU. He received his MFA degree in Dramatic Writing from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts and his BFA degree in Film Production from Florida State University. Malcolm has written scripts for CBS Entertainment, the NFL, and the United States Army. He’s originally from the Washington, DC area, and is a tortured Washington Wizards fan.
Adam Boyd teaches film production and screenwriting. An alumnus of Eastern Washington University’s Film Program, Boyd has spent the last seven years working in the feature film and commercial industry as a producer and assistant director both locally within the state of Washington, and all around the country. He is also the former Director of SpIFF, the Spokane International Film Festival and former Chair of the Spokane Arts Commission.
Boyd’s current film work explores and analyzes the evolution of film finance and production in conjunction with emerging technology and new Internet-based distribution models. He is one of the lead organizers for the 50 Hour Slam Inland Northwest Film Competition & Festival and is also a founding member of the Spokane Film Project.
Tom Alderson received his AA degree in Applied Science from Spokane Community College and was hired by KAPP-TV in Yakima, WA as a Broadcast Technician from 1975-77. He moved to Spokane Washington in 1977 and worked as the Broadcast Tech for KHQ-TV until 2007. Following his career at KHQ, Tom joined the staff in EWU’s Theatre & Film Department in 2011 as Broadcast Technician II and has become an irreplaceable member of the department’s team.
Annie Hudson came to EWU in the spring of 2015 and has worked exclusively in the Theatre & Film Department since that time. A California native, Annie graduated from California State University, Chico with a BA in Drama. Following college, she started several drama troupes performing and directing local community theatre. Over the years, supplemental work experience has included 10 years in Banking, 25+ years in Event Planning, Corporate Marketing and Executive Administration. Annie considers getting to know the wonderful students, faculty and staff at Eastern to be the best part of her job on the Cheney Campus.